Elmo's World: Elmo's Big Discoveries

Common Sense Media says

An excellent title for the VSmile system.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

never makes kids feel that they have failed, even if they select the wrong answer to a multi-choice question.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Features Elmo of Sesame Street

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this software makes the VSmile and the VSmile Pocket systems accessible to preschoolers. Its gameplay is simple and it does an excellent job of teaching early learning concepts (such as letters and counting).

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Kids say

What's it about?

In ELMO'S WORLD: ELMO'S BIG DISCOVERIES for the VSmile gaming systems, kids join Elmo in exploring eight educational activities presented in two modes: as Learning Adventures or as games in the Learning Zone. The activities can be played on two levels of difficulty.

The Learning Adventures transport kids to four locations -- a barnyard, a circus, underwater, and a music hall -- where kids play games with Elmo and the silly Mr. Noodle. For example, in the barnyard, an animal is hiding but making a sound; kids are presented with four animals, each with a different colored button underneath. Kids choose the animal that made the sound by pressing the colored button, and then Elmo then teaches kids the beginning letter of the animal's name. The Learning Zone games cover the same concepts but use the VSmile's four colored buttons to create multiple-choice questions.

Is it any good?


This software works so well with preschoolers because Elmo is a great teacher of both game mechanics and educational concepts. Elmo responds to every button pushed on the VSmile controller -- he will move, giggle, dance and do silly stuff. Elmo never makes kids feel they have failed; when they provide a wrong answer, Elmo simply tells them to try again. A "Help" button triggers Elmo to more fully explain how to find the correct answer.

Elmo's high squeaky voice is sometimes hard to understand and his lip-syncing is off. And unlike the L-Max games (VSmile's competition), when this game is played on the VSmile Pocket while plugged into a TV, the handheld controller does not show a picture. Showing a picture on the handheld makes it easier for a child to figure out which button to push. But this game is still an excellent way to introduce preschoolers to educational activities in a gaming setting.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how kids can use the "Help" button when they don't know the answer to a question. Also, they could talk about Elmo. Is it easier to learn from a familiar character? What makes him so much fun?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:VTech Electronics
Release date:December 31, 2005
ESRB rating:EC for (VSmile)

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Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2013

Elmo:mafia next gen

Not very good elmos a murder(hence the red coat) and he uses dual tommys to destroy everyone also he swears asks u to psot ypur address online
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byMitchell B. Martin July 30, 2013

Elmo has a nasty side

THIS IS UN-HEALTHY FOR YOUNGER KIDS!!!! Elmo keeps on killing people with his chainsaw! Why are kids so addicted to this, it's insane and crazy!!!! It has very disturbing stuff!!!!! KIDS ARE JUST LOVING THIS STUFF. O.o
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use
Teen, 16 years old Written bydavestrider May 26, 2013


this is kinda disturbing but still pretty cool i guess
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Easy to play/use


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